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Interest Groups

Join a monthly interest group with like-minded fiber friends. We offer study groups in invasive plants, knitting, spinning, dyeing, and more! Every interest group meets monthly. Below is a list of our current interest group offerings and schedule (please note this is subject to change):

  • Dye Lab | First Thursdays (1pm - 4pm)
  • Handwork Circle | Thursdays (Alternates between in-person and virtual; 1pm - 3pm)
  • Invasive Fiber Study Group | First Thursdays (6:30pm - 8:30pm)
  • Mending Matters Interest Group | First Mondays (10am - 12pm) & Second Tuesdays (6pm - 8pm)
  • Natural Dye Interest Group | Last Sunday of the month (1pm - 4pm) 
  • Night Knitting Circle | Wednesdays (5pm - 8pm)
  • The Spinning Study Group | Third Sundays (1pm-4pm)
  • Stitch & Stab Circle | 1st, 2nd and 4th Mondays (12pm -2pm)
  • Tapestry Study Group | Third Tuesdays (9am - 12pm)
  • Textile Study Group | Second Thursdays (6pm - 8pm)

Interest group emails are sent to those members who have selected the interest group in their member profiles. Please log in and update your member profile if you would like to be on one of these mailing lists. If you are not a member, please join us! 

Registration for the special interest groups start at $5 per session. Each group sets its own fees for supplies.

Registration for Meetups is free.

Registration is necessary in order for you to receive the door code or Zoom link 24 hours before the group meeting time, and also to provide your contact information to the organizer so that supply lists and any other instructions can be sent to you.

Interest Groups

    • 25 Feb 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 408 Depot Street
    Register

    Want to learn how to process a raw fleece, skirt off the dirty bits, and help with our 2024 edition of Blue Ridge Blankets? Then this is the group for you! The Local Cloth skirting team members help build a market for local wool, alpaca and mohair by preparing fleece to go to the mill and be spun into yarn. Farmers, artists and curious people are all welcome. If there's interest we'll also teach you how to wash and dye fleece, and take a farm tour!

    We skirt both inside the studio and outside on the loading dock depending on the weather. Bring an apron or use one of ours and dress casually. No experience needed.


    • 26 Feb 2024
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC
    Register

    Knitters! Crocheters! Needlefelters! Let's get together with your needles or hooks and make stuff. This is not a class- you should know something about your chosen craft but my suspicion is that you will learn something along the way. Knitters, needlefelters and crocheters are just like that. We do have some experienced folks in our group so you can count on getting some advice too.

     Materials supplied by students: Please bring whatever project/s you are working on, any FO's for show and tell as well as yarn acquisitions and new project ideas. 

    Materials supplied by organizer: We have a good selection of knitting magazines in our library for perusal, lots of yarn for sale in the shop and we have tea and coffee available. 

    Skill level: This is not a beginner's class. You should have some knowledge of your craft, but all skill levels are welcome!

    This is a free event for members but please sign up so we know how many to expect.

    Hosted by Peggy Newell


    • 28 Feb 2024
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC
    Register

    Knitters arise! After a long day at work, how about a little creative time with friends mid-week? This is not a class - you should know how to knit, but we suspect you will learn something along the way. We have experienced knitters in our group, so you can count on getting and giving some advice.

    Materials supplied by students: Please bring whatever project/s you are working on, items for show and tell as well as yarn acquisitions and new project ideas. 

    Materials supplied by organizer: We have a good selection of knitting magazines in our library, local yarn for sale in the shop and tea and coffee are available. Bring your own supper.

    Skill level: This is not a group for beginners to learn how to knit. All skill levels are welcome, but some basic knowledge of knitting is required.

    This is a free event for members, but please sign up so we know how many to expect.

    Cohosts: Judi Jetson & Mary Euler



    • 29 Feb 2024
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Local Cloth via Zoom
    Register

    Members! Join us for coffee or tea, conversation, and quiet handiwork.  Suggestions: knitting, crocheting, hand sewing, sock darning, embroidery or any other portable project you have going lending itself to a get together. Let’s exchange ideas and chit-chat!  The Handwork Circle will now be in person at our new studio on the first and third Thursday of every month and on Zoom for the remaining Thursdays of the month from 1 - 3pm.

    Bring. Yourselves, a mug, and your ongoing work. Also optional: bring a piece of your finished work to show others what your interests are.

    Hosted by Susette Shiver 

    Sign up at least 2 days in advance to receive your Zoom log-in information ahead of time.



    • 04 Mar 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 408 Depot Street
    Register


    MENDING MATTERS:

    A space for helping us each be accountable to our ever growing piles of holey items in need of mending; a space to get advice and inspiration and technique sharing on ways to mend items of all kinds; a space to also share with one another insights gleaned from our mending.

    Mending Matters sessions will be facilitated by Elizabeth Schell, but with all gathered teaching and learning from one another. Some tools and materials will be available to pull from at each session to help with your mending. Elizabeth Schell is co-owner of Purl's Yarn Emporium, and a life-long sewer, mender, maker and re-maker.

    You may notice two sections of this group--a morning sections on the first Monday of the month and an evening section on the second Tuesday of the month. You are welcome to come to either or both as fits with your schedule! 

    • 04 Mar 2024
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC
    Register

    Knitters! Crocheters! Needlefelters! Let's get together with your needles or hooks and make stuff. This is not a class- you should know something about your chosen craft but my suspicion is that you will learn something along the way. Knitters, needlefelters and crocheters are just like that. We do have some experienced folks in our group so you can count on getting some advice too.

     Materials supplied by students: Please bring whatever project/s you are working on, any FO's for show and tell as well as yarn acquisitions and new project ideas. 

    Materials supplied by organizer: We have a good selection of knitting magazines in our library for perusal, lots of yarn for sale in the shop and we have tea and coffee available. 

    Skill level: This is not a beginner's class. You should have some knowledge of your craft, but all skill levels are welcome!

    This is a free event for members but please sign up so we know how many to expect.

    Hosted by Peggy Newell


    • 05 Mar 2024
    • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • 408 Depot Street
    Register

    Want to learn how to process a raw fleece, skirt off the dirty bits, and help with our 2024 edition of Blue Ridge Blankets? Then this is the group for you! The Local Cloth skirting team members help build a market for local wool, alpaca and mohair by preparing fleece to go to the mill and be spun into yarn. Farmers, artists and curious people are all welcome. If there's interest we'll also teach you how to wash and dye fleece, and take a farm tour!

    We skirt both inside the studio and outside on the loading dock depending on the weather. Bring an apron or use one of ours and dress casually. No experience needed.


    • 06 Mar 2024
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC
    Register

    Knitters arise! After a long day at work, how about a little creative time with friends mid-week? This is not a class - you should know how to knit, but we suspect you will learn something along the way. We have experienced knitters in our group, so you can count on getting and giving some advice.

    Materials supplied by students: Please bring whatever project/s you are working on, items for show and tell as well as yarn acquisitions and new project ideas. 

    Materials supplied by organizer: We have a good selection of knitting magazines in our library, local yarn for sale in the shop and tea and coffee are available. Bring your own supper.

    Skill level: This is not a group for beginners to learn how to knit. All skill levels are welcome, but some basic knowledge of knitting is required.

    This is a free event for members, but please sign up so we know how many to expect.

    Cohosts: Judi Jetson & Mary Euler



    • 07 Mar 2024
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC 28801
    • 6
    Register

    Join us for a fun afternoon, working on your own projects. This Lab is for Advanced Beginners and beyond. You need to bring your wool, mohair, alpaca or silk pre-soaked in vinegar, rubber gloves, plastic bins and dye to share. We use a variety of techniques and equipment - low water immersion, steaming, crockpot dyeing, etc. with consultation from an experienced leader Beth Sellars - to get the result you want. If you like, bring magazine pages or photos with images you find appealing, and we'll help you mix dye colors to match.

    Level: Advanced Beginners to Expert

    Host: Beth Sellars and Judi Jetson bio 


    • 07 Mar 2024
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • 408 Depot Street
    Register

    Members! Join us for coffee or tea, conversation, and quiet handiwork.  Suggestions: knitting, crocheting, hand sewing, sock darning, embroidery or any other portable project you have going lending itself to a get together. Let’s exchange ideas and chit-chat!  The Handwork Circle will now be in person at our new studio on the first and third Thursday of every month and on Zoom for the remaining Thursdays of the month from 1 - 3pm.

    Bring. Yourselves, a mug, and your ongoing work. Also optional: bring a piece of your finished work to show others what your interests are.

    Hosted by Susette Shiver and Ceil Jensen 

    Sign up at least 2 days in advance to receive registration information ahead of time.



    • 11 Mar 2024
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC
    Register

    Knitters! Crocheters! Needlefelters! Let's get together with your needles or hooks and make stuff. This is not a class- you should know something about your chosen craft but my suspicion is that you will learn something along the way. Knitters, needlefelters and crocheters are just like that. We do have some experienced folks in our group so you can count on getting some advice too.

     Materials supplied by students: Please bring whatever project/s you are working on, any FO's for show and tell as well as yarn acquisitions and new project ideas. 

    Materials supplied by organizer: We have a good selection of knitting magazines in our library for perusal, lots of yarn for sale in the shop and we have tea and coffee available. 

    Skill level: This is not a beginner's class. You should have some knowledge of your craft, but all skill levels are welcome!

    This is a free event for members but please sign up so we know how many to expect.

    Hosted by Peggy Newell


    • 12 Mar 2024
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 408 Depot Street
    Register


    MENDING MATTERS:

    A space for helping us each be accountable to our ever growing piles of holey items in need of mending; a space to get advice and inspiration and technique sharing on ways to mend items of all kinds; a space to also share with one another insights gleaned from our mending.

    Mending Matters sessions will be facilitated by Elizabeth Schell, but with all gathered teaching and learning from one another. Some tools and materials will be available to pull from at each session to help with your mending. Elizabeth Schell is co-owner of Purl's Yarn Emporium, and a life-long sewer, mender, maker and re-maker.

    You may notice two sections of this group--a morning sections on the first Monday of the month and an evening section on the second Tuesday of the month. You are welcome to come to either or both as fits with your schedule! 

    • 13 Mar 2024
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC
    Register

    Knitters arise! After a long day at work, how about a little creative time with friends mid-week? This is not a class - you should know how to knit, but we suspect you will learn something along the way. We have experienced knitters in our group, so you can count on getting and giving some advice.

    Materials supplied by students: Please bring whatever project/s you are working on, items for show and tell as well as yarn acquisitions and new project ideas. 

    Materials supplied by organizer: We have a good selection of knitting magazines in our library, local yarn for sale in the shop and tea and coffee are available. Bring your own supper.

    Skill level: This is not a group for beginners to learn how to knit. All skill levels are welcome, but some basic knowledge of knitting is required.

    This is a free event for members, but please sign up so we know how many to expect.

    Cohosts: Judi Jetson & Mary Euler



    • 14 Mar 2024
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Local Cloth via Zoom
    Register

    Members! Join us for coffee or tea, conversation, and quiet handiwork.  Suggestions: knitting, crocheting, hand sewing, sock darning, embroidery or any other portable project you have going lending itself to a get together. Let’s exchange ideas and chit-chat!  The Handwork Circle will now be in person at our new studio on the first and third Thursday of every month and on Zoom for the remaining Thursdays of the month from 1 - 3pm.

    Bring. Yourselves, a mug, and your ongoing work. Also optional: bring a piece of your finished work to show others what your interests are.

    Hosted by Susette Shiver 

    Sign up at least 2 days in advance to receive your Zoom log-in information ahead of time.



    • 14 Mar 2024
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • 408 Depot Street
    Register

    The Textile Study Group is back by popular demand!

    The Textile Study Group met monthly for more than six years when Local Cloth was just getting started. It was a chance to get together and share the studies, rabbit holes, obsessions, curiosities, techniques, research,  and explorations by members with occasional guest presenters.

    This month, join us at Local Cloth for talk from Mellanee Goodman.

    • 17 Mar 2024
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 408 Depot St, Ashveille, NC
    • 10
    Register

    The Spinning Study Group's purpose is to share the joy of handspinning. We welcome anyone from the professional spinner to those who are just beginning - all share a love of learning. 


    Supplies: Participants must bring their own spinning wheels and fiber. Some fiber may be available to share but is not guaranteed at each meeting.


    Skill level: This is not a group for beginners to learn how to spin. All skill levels are welcome, but some basic knowledge of spinning is required.

    This is a free event for members, but please sign up so we know how many to expect.

    Host: Judi Jetson



    • 17 Mar 2024
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC
    • 12
    Register

    This month's special topic coming soon!


    • 19 Mar 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 408 Depot Street
    Register

    Open to all tapestry weavers, or tapestry weaver wannabes.  We meet on the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 9am-12pm.

    Supplies: Please bring a project you are working on, a finished piece to share with the group, any questions you may have
    about materials, techniques, etc.  We are looking for a good discussion and sharing of ideas about tapestry.


    Skill level: This is not an introductory class so will be no instruction, but by sharing ideas and experiences we will all learn from each other.

    Led by: Betty Hilton-Nash


    • 20 Mar 2024
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC
    Register

    Knitters arise! After a long day at work, how about a little creative time with friends mid-week? This is not a class - you should know how to knit, but we suspect you will learn something along the way. We have experienced knitters in our group, so you can count on getting and giving some advice.

    Materials supplied by students: Please bring whatever project/s you are working on, items for show and tell as well as yarn acquisitions and new project ideas. 

    Materials supplied by organizer: We have a good selection of knitting magazines in our library, local yarn for sale in the shop and tea and coffee are available. Bring your own supper.

    Skill level: This is not a group for beginners to learn how to knit. All skill levels are welcome, but some basic knowledge of knitting is required.

    This is a free event for members, but please sign up so we know how many to expect.

    Cohosts: Judi Jetson & Mary Euler



    • 21 Mar 2024
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • 408 Depot Street
    Register

    Members! Join us for coffee or tea, conversation, and quiet handiwork.  Suggestions: knitting, crocheting, hand sewing, sock darning, embroidery or any other portable project you have going lending itself to a get together. Let’s exchange ideas and chit-chat!  The Handwork Circle will now be in person at our new studio on the first and third Thursday of every month and on Zoom for the remaining Thursdays of the month from 1 - 3pm.

    Bring. Yourselves, a mug, and your ongoing work. Also optional: bring a piece of your finished work to show others what your interests are.

    Hosted by Susette Shiver and Ceil Jensen 

    Sign up at least 2 days in advance to receive registration information ahead of time.



    • 25 Mar 2024
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC
    Register

    Knitters! Crocheters! Needlefelters! Let's get together with your needles or hooks and make stuff. This is not a class- you should know something about your chosen craft but my suspicion is that you will learn something along the way. Knitters, needlefelters and crocheters are just like that. We do have some experienced folks in our group so you can count on getting some advice too.

     Materials supplied by students: Please bring whatever project/s you are working on, any FO's for show and tell as well as yarn acquisitions and new project ideas. 

    Materials supplied by organizer: We have a good selection of knitting magazines in our library for perusal, lots of yarn for sale in the shop and we have tea and coffee available. 

    Skill level: This is not a beginner's class. You should have some knowledge of your craft, but all skill levels are welcome!

    This is a free event for members but please sign up so we know how many to expect.

    Hosted by Peggy Newell


    • 27 Mar 2024
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC
    Register

    Knitters arise! After a long day at work, how about a little creative time with friends mid-week? This is not a class - you should know how to knit, but we suspect you will learn something along the way. We have experienced knitters in our group, so you can count on getting and giving some advice.

    Materials supplied by students: Please bring whatever project/s you are working on, items for show and tell as well as yarn acquisitions and new project ideas. 

    Materials supplied by organizer: We have a good selection of knitting magazines in our library, local yarn for sale in the shop and tea and coffee are available. Bring your own supper.

    Skill level: This is not a group for beginners to learn how to knit. All skill levels are welcome, but some basic knowledge of knitting is required.

    This is a free event for members, but please sign up so we know how many to expect.

    Cohosts: Judi Jetson & Mary Euler



    • 28 Mar 2024
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Local Cloth via Zoom
    Register

    Members! Join us for coffee or tea, conversation, and quiet handiwork.  Suggestions: knitting, crocheting, hand sewing, sock darning, embroidery or any other portable project you have going lending itself to a get together. Let’s exchange ideas and chit-chat!  The Handwork Circle will now be in person at our new studio on the first and third Thursday of every month and on Zoom for the remaining Thursdays of the month from 1 - 3pm.

    Bring. Yourselves, a mug, and your ongoing work. Also optional: bring a piece of your finished work to show others what your interests are.

    Hosted by Susette Shiver 

    Sign up at least 2 days in advance to receive your Zoom log-in information ahead of time.



    • 01 Apr 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 408 Depot Street
    Register


    MENDING MATTERS:

    A space for helping us each be accountable to our ever growing piles of holey items in need of mending; a space to get advice and inspiration and technique sharing on ways to mend items of all kinds; a space to also share with one another insights gleaned from our mending.

    Mending Matters sessions will be facilitated by Elizabeth Schell, but with all gathered teaching and learning from one another. Some tools and materials will be available to pull from at each session to help with your mending. Elizabeth Schell is co-owner of Purl's Yarn Emporium, and a life-long sewer, mender, maker and re-maker.

    You may notice two sections of this group--a morning sections on the first Monday of the month and an evening section on the second Tuesday of the month. You are welcome to come to either or both as fits with your schedule! 

    • 01 Apr 2024
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC
    Register

    Knitters! Crocheters! Needlefelters! Let's get together with your needles or hooks and make stuff. This is not a class- you should know something about your chosen craft but my suspicion is that you will learn something along the way. Knitters, needlefelters and crocheters are just like that. We do have some experienced folks in our group so you can count on getting some advice too.

     Materials supplied by students: Please bring whatever project/s you are working on, any FO's for show and tell as well as yarn acquisitions and new project ideas. 

    Materials supplied by organizer: We have a good selection of knitting magazines in our library for perusal, lots of yarn for sale in the shop and we have tea and coffee available. 

    Skill level: This is not a beginner's class. You should have some knowledge of your craft, but all skill levels are welcome!

    This is a free event for members but please sign up so we know how many to expect.

    Hosted by Peggy Newell


    • 03 Apr 2024
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC
    Register

    Knitters arise! After a long day at work, how about a little creative time with friends mid-week? This is not a class - you should know how to knit, but we suspect you will learn something along the way. We have experienced knitters in our group, so you can count on getting and giving some advice.

    Materials supplied by students: Please bring whatever project/s you are working on, items for show and tell as well as yarn acquisitions and new project ideas. 

    Materials supplied by organizer: We have a good selection of knitting magazines in our library, local yarn for sale in the shop and tea and coffee are available. Bring your own supper.

    Skill level: This is not a group for beginners to learn how to knit. All skill levels are welcome, but some basic knowledge of knitting is required.

    This is a free event for members, but please sign up so we know how many to expect.

    Cohosts: Judi Jetson & Mary Euler



    • 04 Apr 2024
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC 28801
    • 6
    Register

    Join us for a fun afternoon, working on your own projects. This Lab is for Advanced Beginners and beyond. You need to bring your wool, mohair, alpaca or silk pre-soaked in vinegar, rubber gloves, plastic bins and dye to share. We use a variety of techniques and equipment - low water immersion, steaming, crockpot dyeing, etc. with consultation from an experienced leader Beth Sellars - to get the result you want. If you like, bring magazine pages or photos with images you find appealing, and we'll help you mix dye colors to match.

    Level: Advanced Beginners to Expert

    Host: Beth Sellars and Judi Jetson bio 


    • 04 Apr 2024
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • 408 Depot Street
    Register

    Members! Join us for coffee or tea, conversation, and quiet handiwork.  Suggestions: knitting, crocheting, hand sewing, sock darning, embroidery or any other portable project you have going lending itself to a get together. Let’s exchange ideas and chit-chat!  The Handwork Circle will now be in person at our new studio on the first and third Thursday of every month and on Zoom for the remaining Thursdays of the month from 1 - 3pm.

    Bring. Yourselves, a mug, and your ongoing work. Also optional: bring a piece of your finished work to show others what your interests are.

    Hosted by Susette Shiver and Ceil Jensen 

    Sign up at least 2 days in advance to receive registration information ahead of time.



    • 08 Apr 2024
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC
    Register

    Knitters! Crocheters! Needlefelters! Let's get together with your needles or hooks and make stuff. This is not a class- you should know something about your chosen craft but my suspicion is that you will learn something along the way. Knitters, needlefelters and crocheters are just like that. We do have some experienced folks in our group so you can count on getting some advice too.

     Materials supplied by students: Please bring whatever project/s you are working on, any FO's for show and tell as well as yarn acquisitions and new project ideas. 

    Materials supplied by organizer: We have a good selection of knitting magazines in our library for perusal, lots of yarn for sale in the shop and we have tea and coffee available. 

    Skill level: This is not a beginner's class. You should have some knowledge of your craft, but all skill levels are welcome!

    This is a free event for members but please sign up so we know how many to expect.

    Hosted by Peggy Newell


    • 09 Apr 2024
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 408 Depot Street
    Register


    MENDING MATTERS:

    A space for helping us each be accountable to our ever growing piles of holey items in need of mending; a space to get advice and inspiration and technique sharing on ways to mend items of all kinds; a space to also share with one another insights gleaned from our mending.

    Mending Matters sessions will be facilitated by Elizabeth Schell, but with all gathered teaching and learning from one another. Some tools and materials will be available to pull from at each session to help with your mending. Elizabeth Schell is co-owner of Purl's Yarn Emporium, and a life-long sewer, mender, maker and re-maker.

    You may notice two sections of this group--a morning sections on the first Monday of the month and an evening section on the second Tuesday of the month. You are welcome to come to either or both as fits with your schedule! 

    • 10 Apr 2024
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC
    Register

    Knitters arise! After a long day at work, how about a little creative time with friends mid-week? This is not a class - you should know how to knit, but we suspect you will learn something along the way. We have experienced knitters in our group, so you can count on getting and giving some advice.

    Materials supplied by students: Please bring whatever project/s you are working on, items for show and tell as well as yarn acquisitions and new project ideas. 

    Materials supplied by organizer: We have a good selection of knitting magazines in our library, local yarn for sale in the shop and tea and coffee are available. Bring your own supper.

    Skill level: This is not a group for beginners to learn how to knit. All skill levels are welcome, but some basic knowledge of knitting is required.

    This is a free event for members, but please sign up so we know how many to expect.

    Cohosts: Judi Jetson & Mary Euler



    • 11 Apr 2024
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Local Cloth via Zoom
    Register